Adam Smith (1723–1790) was a Scottish philosopher who, with his good friend David Hume, can be ranked as the most famous of the 18th century “Scottish Enlightenment” philosophers. He is most well-known for his 1776 book An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, perhaps the first modern work of economics; it was an instant success.
Publisher:RIT Press (August, 2012)
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Table of contents
Smith on Taste and Criticism: Texts and Contexts Peter Jones
Theory of Moral Sentiments 1759 vs. Theory of Moral Sentiments 1790: A Change of Mind or a Change in Constraint Maria Pia Paganelli
The “Adam Smith Problem” and Adam Smith’s Utopia Doğan Göçmen
Modern Natural Law Meets the Market: The Case of Adam Smith Amit Ron
Revisiting Sentimentalism: A Smithian Normative Moral Theory Monica Gerreck
The Theory of Moral Sentiments and Smith’s Account of Sympathy Tony Pitson
“The most cruel misfortune”: Suffering Innocence in The Theory of Moral Sentiments Vincent Bissonette
Taming Resentment Michael S. Pritchard
Skepticism and Imagination: Smith’s Response to Hume’s Dialogues Ryan Patrick Hanley
Hume’s Death and Smith’s Philosophy ￼ Chad Flanders
“A Delicate and an Accurate Pencil”: Adam Smith, Description, and Philosophy as Moral Pedagogy Colin Heydt
Lucretius (c. 99 BCE–c. 55 BCE) is the author of De Rerum Natura, a work which tries to explain and expound the doctrines of the earlier Greek philosopher Epicurus. The Epicurean view of the world is that it is composed entirely of atoms moving about in infinite space.
Publisher:RIT Press (July, 2011)
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Newton and Lucretius: Some Overlooked Parallels William B. Jensen
Lucretius—His Ideas in the Language of Our Time John R. A. Mayer
Reflections on Paradox and Religio in the Evangel of Lucretius Charles M. Natoli
“As Stupid as the Clinamen”? Existential Aspects of Lucretius’s Swerve Melissa M. Shew
“Half buried…/Or fancy-bourne”: Unearthed Desires and the Failure of Transcendence in Tennyson’s “Lucretius” Vincent Bissonette
How Epicurean Science Saves Humanity in Lucretius John R. Lenz
Lucretius and Death Dane R. Gordon
Lucretius on Death and Re-Existence David B. Suits
The philosophy of Epicurus (c. 341-271 B. C. E.), has been a quietly pervasive influence for more than two millennia. At present, when many long revered ideologies are proven empty, Epicureanism is powerfully and refreshingly relevant, offering a straightforward way of dealing with the issues of life and death. The chapters in this book provide a kaleidoscope of contemporary opinions about Epicurus' teachings. They tell us also about the archeological discoveries that promise to augment the scant remains we have of Epicurus's own writing.
Publisher:RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press (January, 2003)